Cristiano Ronaldo wants to retire at Manchester United, before becoming a part of their coaching setup, according to reports.
The 36-year-old returned to the Red Devils earlier this month, 12 years after leaving the club for Real Madrid.
The Portuguese legend has got off to an impressive start, scoring four times in as many games for United.
Despite his influence, United have lost three of their last four games in all competitions, piling the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Defeat to Aston Villa at Old Trafford has increased the scrutiny on Solskjaer, who is yet to win a trophy since replacing Jose Mourinho in the United dugout.
According to the Sun, Ronaldo has his eyes set on a coaching role with the club, helping to guide his son Cristiano Jr.
The 11-year-old has joined up with United’s academy, with high hopes he can make a similar impact to his father.
Ronaldo signed a two-year deal with United, although Solskjaer has hinted he could play well beyond that.
“He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is and has been, so he deserves every single little plaudit that he gets for his physical state,” he explained.
“What’s more impressive is when you have achieved as much as he has, he’s still as hungry. His mentality is still absolutely spot-on and that’s a desire from inside that he’s going to keep going until his head says, ‘no, I’ve given everything now’.
“Hopefully it will last a few more years.”
Ronaldo’s impact back at Manchester United is already being felt on the pitch and off it and Tim Sherwood believes he is in line to manage the club.
The former Tottenham boss tipped Ronaldo to replace Solskjaer, anticipating a transition to manager in under two years.
“I think it’s okay that Ronaldo’s on the touchline and Ole’s going to have to accept it. If he brings him to his football club you’ve got to know what you’re bringing in.
“It’s a completely different Ronaldo to the one who was at Old Trafford the first time around. He knows how he’s needed and if he feels like he needs to stand next to the manager and give instructions then you’ve got to let him do that.